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Shelly Beach, NSW

Shelly Beach is nestled in the heart of Central Coast, 5 kilometres south of The Entrance and is well known as a surfing beach. It has a lovely setting with picnic and bbq areas, and accommodation available. There are shops and clubs in nearby Bateau Bay.

Shelly Beach near The Entrance

Renowned for its pristine sands and the rhythmic cadence of its waves, Shelley Beach offers a serene escape from the bustling city life, a place where nature’s artistry meets the tranquil aspirations of its visitors.

The beach, named not for the poet but perhaps as poetically inspiring, stretches languidly along the coast, bordered by a lush fringe of Norfolk Pines. These towering sentinels stand as silent witnesses to the daily tableau of surfers dotting the horizon and families reveling in the sun-kissed sands. The surf here speaks a language of its own, a siren call to those who seek communion with the ocean’s timeless rhythms.

At the heart of Shelley Beach’s allure is its unpretentious charm. Unlike its more famous counterparts, this beach eschews the trappings of commercialization. There are no high-rise buildings casting shadows over the sand, no relentless parade of souvenir shops. Instead, one finds a community-centric atmosphere, where local cafes serve up hearty fare and conversations flow as easily as the coffee.

The beach is not just a daytime haven. As dusk approaches, the sky transforms into a canvas of fiery oranges and soft pinks, a spectacle that lures photographers and romantics alike. Evening strollers and canine companions leave meandering trails on the sand, each footprint a testament to the beach’s quiet appeal.

Beyond the sand and surf, Shelley Beach is a nexus of cultural and environmental conservation. The nearby Wyrrabalong National Park offers a verdant escape, with walking tracks that meander through coastal rainforest and lead to vantage points offering breathtaking views of the coastline. The park, a vital habitat for native flora and fauna, reinforces the area’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty that defines the Central Coast.

The community of Shelley Beach, though small, is vibrantly diverse. Artists, surfers, retirees, and young families coalesce into a tapestry of laid-back coastal living. Community events, from beach clean-ups to local markets, foster a sense of togetherness, a shared guardianship over this slice of paradise.

Shelley Beach is more than a destination; it is a reminder of the simple joys of coastal life. It represents a slower pace, a return to basics where the majesty of nature holds sway. For those who visit, the beach offers a momentary pause, a chance to breathe in the salt-laden air and listen to the stories whispered by the waves.

It is only a 5 – 25 minute drive to the coasts major attractions. Attraction include a beautiful beach, which is patrolled in summer season (October long weekend to Easter), swimming, surfing, fishing and golf.

Nearest Airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot

Where to stay?


  • Nature based
  • Relaxation

Popular Activities

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Beach

About Shelly Beach

  • Locality: Suburb
  • Shelly Beach Postcode: 2261
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Central Coast
  • Latitude: -33.36868
  • Longitude: 151.48569
  • Elevation: 30m
  • Population: 1318
  • Median Income: $33696
  • Area (Sq/km): 1.162
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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